Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam




artist in residence 2017-2018

Eva-Maria Westbroek has quickly become one of the Netherlands’ most popular and successful singers. Even before graduating from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Westbroek made her debut at the 1994 Aldeburgh Festival singing Mother Marie in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. She also won several awards in Italy and sang the title role of Tosca in Rome at the age of twenty-five.

From 2001 to 2006 Westbroek worked as a soloist with the Stuttgart Staatsoper, where she was awarded the title of Kammersängerin in 2006. Meanwhile, Westbroek’s exceptional talent was increasingly attracting attention elsewhere. She made her first appearance at the Opéra Bastille in 2004.

Her first appearance with De Nederlandse Opera in Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra was released on DVD, after which she was awarded the Dutch VSCD Classical Music Prize in the category ‘most impressive individual artistic achievement’. In 2006, she sang the same role at Covent Garden, where she also appeared in the title role in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new, controversial opera Anna Nicole in 2011. That same year, she made her first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera singing Sieglinde in Robert Lapage’s production of Die Walküre.

Eva-Maria Westbroek performed at the Bayreuther Festspiele, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and at all great opera houses, including the Opera National de Paris, the Vienna State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Semperoper in Dresden.

Eva-Maria Westbroek’s first concertante performance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra was in the first act of Die Walküre, conducted by Bernard Haitink, in 2008. In April 2013, she performed solo with tenor Burkhard Fritz and the orchestra in arias and duets from various Wagner operas.

During season 2017-18, Westbroek will be serving as the RCO’s Artist in Residence.